Design

Design

Our designs and master-plans help you to achieve your goals of becoming self-sufficienct; producing food that you feel good about eating and feeding to those that you love, from a self-sustaining, naturally abundant, edible ecosystem .
From small back gardens, schools, business or community projects to small farms, we create designs for any size of project.

Master Plans

Design Example

An in-depth design process, with full client involvement, ensures a fully sustainable, ‘more than organic’ result for your garden/land. A design that works with nature, not against it; nature has all the answers if you know where to look.
Designs are constructed for your land, in your location, with your climate and situation. Built into the plan is room to work with the process of the design, to evolve as time goes on, to incorporate change as it happens and as your needs and what you want to get from your design change.
Permanence is not about everything staying the same. It is about stability, about deepening soils & cleaner water, it is about thriving.

So whether you want to increase on-site food production, introduce hens or completely re-design your land we can facilitate your aspirations.

Get some inspiration from the small example of design approaches below.

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Flowforms

Flowforms

…. are vessels that seek to emulate the swirls of vortices of the mountain stream enabling water to reoxygenate, revitalise and rejuvenate itself to bring it back to its more natural state. The figure of 8 movement is one of the foundation patterns of all life.

Herb Spirals

A highly productive energy-efficient way to grow food & maximise space, easily accessible from all sides. By having the spiral raised in the center, spiraling down to ground level, different microclimates are created, enabling plants with different needs to be grown in a smaller space.

Herb Spiral
Swale Design

Swales

… are important water management tools for irrigating the land, mitigating stormwater runoff, and reducing erosion. They consist of a shallow trench dug along the land’s contour, with a berm on the downhill side.
A trench along the contour slows the water and spreads it across the contour line, slowing and spreading water reduces erosion and retains more water where it is needed.

Forest Gardens

Sometimes called Food Forests, they are a low-maintenance, sustainable, system based on woodland ecosystems. They incorporate fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables grown in a succession of layers to build a woodland habitat. Their high yields make them worth the longer establishment time.

Chicken Tractors

The chicken tractor (sometimes called an ark) is a movable chicken coop lacking a floor, so there is no need to clean them out.
Chicken Tractors give shelter and allow free ranging; giving access to fresh forage such as grass, weeds and bugs, reducing their feed needs. Moved on every couple of days they echo a natural, symbiotic cycle of foraging through which the birds eat down vegetation, deposit fertilizing manure, then go on to a new area. A chicken tractor protects from predators and the hens lay their eggs in a nesting box rather than hiding them in the undergrowth.

Chicken Tractor
Permaculture Zones

Permaculture Zones

Zoning is a way of designing to maximise energy efficiency. Activities are put in different zones, depending on frequency of use, maintenance, visits etc. Zone 0 is the centre of activities, where things that have the highest use and maintence needs are located. As the investment of the time & energy that an activity or structure needs lessens, it is placed further away. Zone 5, the furtherst away, is where you find things that require very little time & effort.

Guilds

Guilds are functionally, ideally self-sustaining polyculture systems in which many plants are serving one another en route to a stable co-existence.
The garden is mulched, the soil fertilized, the pests controlled, the pollinators attracted, the nutrients accumulated and the cultivators fed all from the plants within the guild that are serving one another.
By working with guilds you build a lot more diversity with a lot of function and a much higher yield.

A Seven Layer Guild

No Dig

No dig growing is just what it says on the can – NO DIG – every time we dig soil we destroy the filaments of the mycorrhizal fungi, the system through which the soil provides nutrients to our plants. This short video explains the concepts and reasons for no dig methods. Once a no dig bed has been set up (getting the soil weed free to start can be the hard part) it is self-sustaining and the only maintenance is a top dressing of compost or mulch once a year. Happy no digging.